“You are the daughter of a murderer!” The weekend cries erupted outside an eight-story building a block from Kensington High Street. A small but loud protest addressed to one of the residents of the luxurious house, the financier, 26-year-old Polina Kovaleva.
Young Kovaleva is arguably the epitome of a small but wealthy group of children of Russian oligarchs who live a luxurious life in London, a life that would not have been possible without close contacts with President Putin and the Kremlin.
Her mother’s name is Svetlana Polyakova was featured in the British media as the concubine of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The reports are based In a revealing document Titled “Luxury Pursuits, Bribes and Mistresses,” it was published by the FDK anti-corruption team, the now imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
According to the report, the 51-year-old Polyakova, who calls herself both the actor and the tractor, accompanied Lavrov on at least 60 trips around the world from 2000 onwards. She has been working for the Russian Foreign Ministry since 2014, but her duties are unclear.
Svetlana Polyakova owns real estate in Moscow and London with an estimated value of one hundred million crowns. And her prosperity extended to her daughter. When Polina Kovaleva turned 21, she bought the now controversial luxury apartment in Kensington for £4.4 million (about SEK 55 million at the current exchange rate). I paid in cash.
Where does the money come from? unknown. Her biological father is not very wealthy and neither is her partner. But according to British media, mother and daughter Bulgakova / Kovaleva are closely acquainted with the super-oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an industrialist known for his close relations with Vladimir Putin.
Polina Kovaleva attended a private boarding school in Bristol and then studied Business Administration at the world-leading Imperial College London. She worked for the Russian energy giant Gazprom.
Until Navalny’s revealing report was published in September last year, she had also, via Instagram, generously shared photos of seemingly careless presence: tennis matches, luxury yachts, and private jets. The account is now closed.
Maria Bevcic, who leads Navalny’s crew from his exile in London, commented on the inconsistencies in Kovaleva’s lifestyle in a Twitter message that day:
Lavrov gave countless speeches about the sinister Anglo-Saxon world and how the terrible liberal Western countries want to destroy Russia and Ukraine. So why does his stepdaughter live in central London? Why is it not in the Crimea or the Donbass? “
There is a startling and intense political debate in Britain about further tightening of sanctions against wealthy Russians with ties to Putin and the circle around him.
Available now 140 Russians, called “enabling factors” by Vladimir Putin, are on a list drawn up by the lower house of parliament. But of those, only 23 assets have so far been frozen or seized.
Votes are now being raised for more Russian oligarchs living in Britain – and their families – to be subject to sanctions.
We are still far from the European Union and the United States, Liberal Democrat foreign policy spokeswoman Leila Moran tells the Daily Telegraph.
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